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Virginia Tech rallies for 73-70 win over Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams had plenty of reasons to be disappointed while his team fell behind by 15 points at Michigan.

There was also a lot time left.

''I didn't think we were playing hard, I didn't think we were playing tough. I understand the environment, I understand we've been gone nine days, I get all of that,'' Williams said. ''I thought over the last 30 minutes, there was more of a distinct brand of what we want to be about.''

Zach LeDay scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Hokies rallied to beat Michigan 73-70 on Wednesday night. Virginia Tech trailed 23-8 in the first half and 62-52 with 7:23 left in the second.

Playing their fourth straight game away from home, the Hokies (6-1) were down 67-63 before a 3-pointer by Justin Bibbs started an 8-0 run. Seth Allen gave Virginia Tech the lead with a driving layup , then added a 3-pointer.

Duncan Robinson's 3-pointer with 42 seconds left pulled Michigan (5-2) to within a point, and an offensive foul on Allen gave the Wolverines the ball back. But Michigan was out of timeouts, and Zak Irvin ended up trying a tough jumper from just inside the arc that missed.

''We were trying to isolate him, and they took him away a little bit,'' Wolverines coach John Beilein said. ''We know what to do when they take him away, and we didn't do it.''

After Bibbs made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left, Robinson had a chance to tie it, but his 3-pointer from the left wing missed.

Michigan was in total control at the start, jumping out to a 17-4 lead and eventually going up by 15 on a 3-pointer by Derrick Walton. Virginia Tech was down 39-30 at halftime but opened the second half with a 9-2 run.

''I just came out in the second half and I wanted to be aggressive,'' LeDay said. ''In the first half, I was trying to feel it out, and Coach told me not to be like that, he told me to just be aggressive, go full throttle, and that's what I did.''

Irvin led Michigan with 23 points.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies did their part in the ACC-Big Ten challenge, coming away with an upset win on the road. Virginia Tech had little trouble scoring after its slow start. Four players ended up in double figures.

Michigan: The Wolverines have looked better on defense this season, but the second half of this game was a bit of a wake-up call. Virginia Tech shot 52 percent from the field on the night.

FREE THROWS

Virginia Tech took advantage of its foul shots, going 19 of 21 from the line. Michigan was only 4 of 7 and didn't attempt any until the second half. Forward D.J. Wilson fouled out for the Wolverines with 3:03 remaining.

''They played small ball,'' Irvin said. ''They were really just isolating our five. Figured if D.J. could go in there, he's versatile, he can play multiple positions, and once he fouled out, it was tough from there on.''

HANGING IN THERE

There was only one lead change in the game - after Allen's basket put the Hokies up 68-67 with 1:46 to play.

''Thank goodness in the time I've been coaching you haven't seen too many games like that,'' Beilein said. ''Where we lead the whole game and we can't make enough stops or finishes at the end offensively to win the game.''

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: The Hokies don't play again until next Wednesday night, when they host Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Michigan: The Wolverines host Kennesaw State on Saturday, taking a break from major-conference competition during a four-game stretch that includes matchups with Virginia Tech, Texas and UCLA.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Michigan 0.0
  Duncan Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Justin Bibbs made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Justin Bibbs made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Zak Irvin 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Virginia Tech 7.0
  Zak Irvin missed jump shot 9.0
  Offensive foul turnover on Seth Allen 30.0
  Offensive foul on Seth Allen 30.0
  Full timeout called 43.0
+ 3 Duncan Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick Walton Jr. 43.0
Team Stats
Points 73 70
Field Goals 24-46 (52.2%) 28-59 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 6-14 (42.9%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 19-21 (90.5%) 4-7 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 28 28
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 21 18
Team 1 3
Assists 8 11
Steals 4 3
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 14 9
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 6 REB
23 PTS, 5 REB
12T
away team logo Virginia Tech 6-1 304373
home team logo Michigan 5-2 393170
Team Stats
away team logo Virginia Tech 6-1 82.3 PPG 36 RPG 17.1 APG
home team logo Michigan 5-2 74.0 PPG 34.9 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
00
Z. LeDay F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
Z. Irvin G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
Z. LeDay F 18 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
Z. Irvin G/F 23 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
52.2 FG% 47.5
42.9 3PT FG% 37.0
90.5 FT% 57.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Robinson 38 11 0 4 1 0 1 2 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 0
J. Bibbs 36 10 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/6 2/5 4/4 0 3
C. Clarke 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 2 3/5 0/0 3/3 0 6
K. Sy 13 8 4 0 1 0 2 1 4/5 0/0 0/1 2 2
A. Hill 21 7 4 0 0 0 3 5 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Robinson 38 11 0 4 1 0 1 2 3/8 1/3 4/4 0 0
J. Bibbs 36 10 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/6 2/5 4/4 0 3
C. Clarke 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 2 3/5 0/0 3/3 0 6
K. Sy 13 8 4 0 1 0 2 1 4/5 0/0 0/1 2 2
A. Hill 21 7 4 0 0 0 3 5 3/8 1/3 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. LeDay 25 18 6 0 1 1 2 4 5/8 0/0 8/9 2 4
S. Allen 29 10 2 1 1 0 3 2 4/6 2/3 0/0 0 2
T. Outlaw 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
G. Donlon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Blackshear Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 73 27 8 4 1 14 17 24/46 6/14 19/21 6 21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Irvin 37 23 5 0 0 0 3 2 10/20 3/8 0/0 1 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 36 13 6 2 2 0 1 2 4/10 2/4 3/4 1 5
M. Wagner 18 11 2 1 1 0 1 2 5/6 0/0 1/2 1 1
D. Walton Jr. 39 6 5 5 0 0 1 1 2/6 2/5 0/1 1 4
D. Wilson 11 2 3 0 0 1 1 5 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Irvin 37 23 5 0 0 0 3 2 10/20 3/8 0/0 1 4
M. Abdur-Rahkman 36 13 6 2 2 0 1 2 4/10 2/4 3/4 1 5
M. Wagner 18 11 2 1 1 0 1 2 5/6 0/0 1/2 1 1
D. Walton Jr. 39 6 5 5 0 0 1 1 2/6 2/5 0/1 1 4
D. Wilson 11 2 3 0 0 1 1 5 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Robinson 30 15 0 1 0 0 0 3 6/11 3/8 0/0 0 0
M. Donnal 17 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2
X. Simpson 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Teske 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
I. Watson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
A. Dakich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Lonergan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hibbitts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Wright-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 70 25 11 3 1 9 21 28/59 10/27 4/7 7 18